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TICAD7 Official Side Event “African Food Security in the Context of Urbanization and Climate Change”

August 28, 2019

Yokohama, Japan

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    Food security can be precarious for many Africans.  One in four Africans—or around 220 million people—are chronically undernourished in sub-Saharan Africa. Without action, this could increase to 330 million people by 2050.  Furthermore, Africa is extremely vulnerable to climate change. The largest yield declines due to climate change are projected in Sub-Saharan Africa. Africa’s rain-fed agricultural systems are especially vulnerable to climate variability. Scientific research results indicate that in Africa, areas suitable for planting maize and beans—two of the continent’s staple crops—could decline by up to 40% by 2030. Undernourishment in Africa could increase by up to 90% given a scenario where there is 1.9-degree Celsius warming. Africa needs more technology that boost sustainable productivity and policies that address the problem. 

    The event discussed opportunities for reshaping food systems in Africa including redirecting subsidies or revisiting the public expenditures to more public good such as digital and other disruptive technologies, reforming higher Ag Education to provide new skills in agribusiness, food entrepreneurship, technical innovation, creating opportunities for more climate smart investment, less food waste and loss. 


    Keynote Speech

    Esben Lunde Larsen
    Fellow at WRI and former Minister of Env & Food, Denmark; Launch of the 3GF Partnership “Food Loss & Waste Protocol”

    Panel Discussion

    Jennifer Bash
    CEO Alaska Tanzania

    Haruko Kanamaru
    CSR Division Manager, AEON Co.,Ltd.

    Shinji Honda
    Senior Policy Administrator, Toyama City

    Dorte Verner
    Lead Agriculture Economist, Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank


    Steven Kenneth Mbabazi Shalita
    Manager in Africa Region, the World Bank




    TICAD7 Official Side Events Organized by World Bank


  • DATE/TIME: Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 10:30am-12:00pm (JST)
  • VENUE: Pacifico Yokohama Annex Hall F205 & F206, 1-1-1, Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Japan(Please refer "ACCESS" in RELATED below)
  • LANGUAGE: English and Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • CONTACT: World Bank Tokyo Office TEL: 03-3597-6650